Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe to woo the youth vote

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe speaks during the burial of Brigadier General James Murozvi, who was granted national hero status by President Robert Mugabe, at the National Heroes Acre in Harare, on April 12, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai NJIKIZANA (Photo credit should read JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images) Image copyright AFP/Getty

Zimbabwe’s 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe is due to begin a series of rallies across the country in a bid to win the support of youth ahead of elections next year.

Hundreds are already gathered for the rally in a stadium at Marondera, a small town east of Harare, the official Herald newspaper reports.

It will be the first of 10 rallies Mr Mugabe is expected to address before he runs for re-election in 2018.

Mr Mugabe has been in power since 1980.

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